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23 Aug 2018

The doctor will see you now

Written by Sarah Heaton, Project Reveal Team Manager West
A selection of medicine bottles on display at the Tenement House
A selection of medicine bottles on display at the Tenement House
As Project Reveal continues, we wanted to give you a flavour of the wide range of medical objects held at our places.

During the last year, Project Reveal teams have been working steadily across many Trust places, gleefully opening all boxes, drawers and cupboards to ‘reveal’ our collections. We’ve come across many unusual and interesting artefacts connected to medicine, spanning the late 17th to the 20th centuries, which demonstrate the developments in medicine over this time. These include a bleeding bowl used during bloodletting (a practice once used to treat a range of illnesses), a mid-20th-century sanitary towel, and travelling dispensary cases from the 19th century.

Project Reveal is a Trust-wide collections digitisation project. It will result in an updated database with high-quality images and unique object numbers for every item in the National Trust for Scotland’s material culture collections. Six regionally based project teams, supported by experienced project managers, will work across all our properties with collections to complete the inventory in 18 months, from July 2017 until December 2018.